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connecticut shooter adam lanza. his relationship with his estranged father and his mother's pesky alimony check. >>> more and more gun advocates changing their mind. >>> all that, plus comfort guards in newtown. obama and boehner wheel and deal. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> good morning, this morning, we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his relationship with parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later separated in 2009. they said peter lanza cut off visiting adam around 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. peter lanza paid his ex-wife nancy just under $200,000 in alimony in 2012. friends say nancy lanza had not been working in recent years. adam lanza had, quote, no connections to the school where the massacre occurred. >>> students are returning to school this morning for the first time since the shooting massacre. meanwhile, more families will hold funerals. nbc's danielle leigh joins us. >> reporter: g
>> >> the evening. the questions continue after the shooting in connecticut. a grim reality for the victims' parents. the task of burying their children again. two six-year-old were laid to death today. there is a burning desire to help. >> it is to help other people. >> especially now after they start the heart wrenching task of saying goodbye. noah and jack were laid to rest today. >> it is sad. >> comfort is what this community will need. >> to see the town come together like this is amazing. >> they still have to bury another 18 classmates and the six women who died trying to save their lives. as the morning continues, so does the investigation. the school will be locked down and considered a crime scene indefinitely as investigators search for answers. there is one thing they are sure of. >> the first responders to got to the scene entered the school and saved many human lives. it broke our hearts. . so many broken hearts in a community where many now wonder if they will ever heal. tomorrow, another emotional day as friends gather together. >> classes throughout new tow
and national reflection continues tonight as reality set in a bit today in newtown, connecticut, a town that laid two 6-year-old boys to rest today after the president's visit there last night. while we learn more today about these victims and sadly more information about the gunman, his possible plans and schemes and this awful thing he carried out. and so to start off our reporting on a monday night after such a sad weekend in this country, we go back to the town that remains the saddest spot in our country, nbc's anne thompson is in newtown for us tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. i'm actually in the center of the borough of sandy hook. every day brings new details about what happened inside that school. and today we learn that not one, but two people were injured in the attack. welcome news about survivors on a day when the funerals began. old enough to know, too young to understand. the heartbreaking sight of children mourning other children began in newtown today. 6-year-old jack pinto, a loving, vie vashs boy, idolized victor cruz. cruz wrote jack's name on
came out to bless the school. he also spoke of the tragic events that happened friday in connecticut. william laurie led the diocese that included newtown. >> we must present to end the culture of death and violence that is so much a part of our larger culture and so that our young people, our little ones, will be safe. quex also the archbishop joined stephanie rawlings blake and senator barbara mikulski and windy spencer at the dedication at the national civilian conservation corps campus in baltimore. >> american pediatricians say that thimerosol should not be banned. it was removed from most vaccines in 1999 because of concerns of being linked to autism or other neurological problems. since then, several reviews have found no such evidence. some experts say keep it out of the red states but in other countries with -- keep it out of the u.s. it is used to create multi dess vaccines and it can allow for more children to be vaccinated. we all know how important pap tests are to screen for cervical cancer. davitt happens to you is natural to think what is next. what can you expect if
the tragedy in connecticut. it is the latest chapter in the long struggle of the right to bear arms. each side is getting ready for a fight. >> capitol hill has seen this fight before. this time, school safety is a big part of the argument. in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, the n.r.a. chief was defined. >> a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> the powerful gun lobby and its allies insist gun laws are not the answer. they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> if it is crazy to call for putting police and armed security hours will to protect our children, call me crazy. >> people resist having weapons on airplanes. it is a deterrent. >> they will have to wait for the new congress to get settled in. the debate is already under way. >> trying to prevent shootings without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes. >> this problem runs deep and wide. >> gun owners are voting with their wallets, buying weapons while they still can. >> i do not think it is over the long time to protect yourself and exercise
and wake up to seven days to take possession. but in the wake of connecticut, is it enough? >> we have all been changed by the life of innocent lives in connecticut. >> gov. martin o'malley after a meeting with his cabinet says that he is likely to introduce new bills about school safety, the sharing of mental health records for background checks, and an assault weapons ban. >> should we have an assault weapons ban in our state? i believe there are probably greater numbers of delegates and senators coming to a conclusion that we should in light of the carnage in connecticut. >> an assault rifle was used by another notorious criminal in maryland in 2000. among his victims -- a woman shot driving to church. the bullet was so lethal that its ripped through burkhart and still killed her. >> the governor would not say whether his bill would require the owners of those assault weapons to turn them in. 46,700 assault weapons represent about 4% of the total registered firearms in maryland. reporting live, wbal tv-11 news. >> according to elected officials around the state, regulations concerning m
the mass murders at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut, we have been looking at new information on gun sales year in maryland. barry simms as the latest numbers, and there is a noticeable increase? >> we have contacted maryland state police on the purchase of gun applications and it does appear that those numbers are on the rice. the bushmaster rifle that adam lanza used in the newtown, connecticut killings was legally owned by his mother. he shot her four times in the head before going to sandy hook elementary school and killing 20 children and six female educators. calls for increased school safety, and at the same time, gun sales are on the increase. in november, there were more than 7200 gun purchase applications filed peeping >> we are projecting that we're looking at over 8200 barack applications being processed. >> more than 46,000 applications were processed. at the end of 2012, state police project 62,000 applications will be handled. state troopers will not speculate on why. some reasons are apparent -- the holiday season, some lawmakers proposing changes to gun laws.
the more rigid shooting a few weeks ago that left 26 children and adults dead at a connecticut school. the task force findings are sure to be controversial. the task force includes police, prosecutors, gun rights advocates and mental-health professionals. it is said to recommend steps to keep guns away from people with mental illness without unfairly discriminating against anyone. among the recommendations, better training of police and school personnel to identify patterns of mental illness. develop ways of sharing information. the report will deal with the most controversial question, when and how to take guns away from someone deemed to be dangerous, and when to give guns back if someone has gone through mental health treatment. sure to raise the question, should those people ever get their weapons back? the recall is sure to play a role in new gun-control legislation promised by legislative leaders. the shooting earlier this month left 20 children and six adults debt in connecticut. there are reports that the mother may have been seeking mental-health treatment for her son, adam l
elementary school in newtown, connecticut. on december 14th. they hope to find genetic signs of mutation or abnormality that could predict an inclination towards violence. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work next week after a stomach flu and concussion sidelined her three weeks. she may testify before congress next month about the report on security failures and the september 11th attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >>> some good news on law enforcement, the number of police officers killed in 2012 fell by 23%. with just four days left until the end of the year, 127 state and local offices died as compared to 165 last year. >>> next, to the criminal world of dinosaur smugglers. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. and is facing up to 17 years in prison. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the cute file, we've been tracking the progress of this 5-month-old panda cub from the san diego zoo. who now tips the scales at 15.4 p
of snow, with connecticut coming in at 6 inches. we do have the winter storm warnings and advisories still up across connecticut and northern rhode island and there is a chance we could see an additional foot or more of snow across new england. we're almost done across southern new england. we also have very strong wind gusts especially along the coast of new jersey an area that does not need additional wind damage. we did pick upwind gusts up 70 to 75 miles per hour but these are easing too. >> such bad timing. so many people trying to get home. >>> well, president obama is aboard air force one right now and some lawmakers will weather the storms to return to washington today with just five days left to avert the fiscal cliff. now all eyes will be on the senate after house republicans said it's up to them to reach the deal. nbc's danielle leigh is on capitol hill. what's the latest? >> it's another day and another standoff. john boehner may not even bring the house back to town until the senate comes up with a possible plan. >> reporter: obama leaves his tropical retreat in hawaii for a w
the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun lobby and its allies insist gun laws aren't the answer. they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> people resisted having weapons on airplanes. but i oversaw the federal air marshals, and it's a deterrent. >> reporter: legislation will have to waited for the new congress to get settled in, but the debate is already underway. >> trying to prevent school shootings? schools without talking about guns is like stopping lung cancer without addressing cigarettes. >> this problem runs deep and wide. >> reporter: outside of atlanta, gun owners are voting with their wallets, buying up weapons while they still can. >> i don't think it's ever a wrong time to protect yourself and -- and exercise your second amendment rights. >> reporter: but some 30 miles away from the connecticut shooting scene, gun owners were surrenderin
laws that followed the shooting in connecticut. the head of the powerful group is promoting the proposal to have more security in schools. >> this time, school safety is a big part of the argument. in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre. >> the gun is the tool. the person is the criminal. >> they want more guns in the hands of good guys. >> is it crazy to put guns with police in schools to protect our children? then call me crazy. >> i oversaw the air federal marshals. it is a deterrent. >> legislation will have to wait for the newcomers to get settled in. but the new debate is under way. >> trying to prevent shootings in schools without talking about guns is like trying to prevent lung cancer without talking about cigarettes. we are miles away from figuring this out. >> many are buying up weapons while they still can. >> i don't think it is ever a wrong time to protect yourself and exercise your second amendment rights. >> but 30 miles away from the connecticut shooting scene, gun owners were surrendering their arms for cash.
streams in for the grief-stricken community of newtown, connecticut yes you did, yes you did. no i didn't, no i didn't. yes you did, yes you did. no i didn't, no i didn't. yes you did. did not. [ male announcer ] find some peace this holiday. get an 8 piece meal now with a dozen delicious cookies baked in-store. the kfc festive feast. all for just $19.99. today tastes so good. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] >> the painful tobias continue in connecticut. a local family held a funeral service for their little girl. josephine was born in maryland. killed inside sandy hook elementary school. the family says she will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and love of the baltimore ravens. mourners were asked to wear purple in her honor. josephine had been diagnosed with autism. you can donate to the address on your screen. be sure to specify your contribution is in memory of josephine gay. donations have poured in from all over the globe after the school shooting. united way has collected more than $2.5 million for the official memorial fund. private fund-ra
little school children in newtown, connecticut. along with mental health the gun control debate has come roar into the american conversation in addition the nra is promising to say more at a news conference at the end of the week. we begin with tom costello in washington. >> reporter: the white house today said president obama supports a bill that would outlaw assault rifles and high ammo clips. four days after the newtown massacre, the nra today broke its silence in a statement saying it's made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters, who are shocked, sad and heart broken by the murders in newtown. it says it's prepared to offer meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again. talk of gun restrictions has people buying guns. >> people feeling insecure about their surroundings and about the future are purchasing weapons. >> reporter: in oklahoma. >> wanting to take care of themselves. taking care of their own safety, the safety of their family. >> reporter: at a gun range in virginia, tim was shooting a mini 14. he opposes an assault rifle ban. >> why should i be
tonight on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. the hartford currant reports the state police there are consider a partial recreation of the scene when they arrived at sandy hook elementary school on the day of the shootings. the question they are trying to answer, did adam lanza fire at officers arriving at the school? bullets found in the parking lot and in several cars have led some investigators to that conclusion. as that community continues to mourn, president obama said in his "meet the press" interview that something fundamental in america has to change. >> the question then becomes, you know, whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened here that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it get a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away. it certainly won't feel like that to me. this is something that -- that was the worst day of my presidency and it's not something that i want to see repeated. >> it hit close to home? >> yes. >> as we have seen, the tragedy of knuteson being felt by people far beyond that sma
-- killing people puzzle in connecticut today, police officers received a gift of time. other officers from across the state have stepped up to fill in, so every newtown police officer can spend the day at home with their families. the department has been working nonstop since the shooting that left 20 students and sex educators said. the group passed out free hot chocolate, doughnuts, and panda bears tickets on christmas eve. the archbishop is keeping his thoughts on the community. he spent 11 years as bishop of bridgeport, connecticut. today, he celebrated his first christmas in baltimore, presiding over mess. hundreds of catholics were mindful of the community. >> we are remembering them, praying for them, asking the lord to give them consolation and healing. and certainly to let them know how our solidarity in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things -- cards, letters, phone calls. what they need our or careers and our love. >> the archbishop spoke about newtown after celebrating mass this morning. he's is at the top of the wish list for pope benedict -- peace is at the top
to the families of newtown, connecticut. "early today" starts right now. >>> and a very good morning to you on this new year's eve. it's nice to see you this morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. we begin with secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. the clot was discovered during a followup exam sunday. she's being treated with blood thinners, and doctors will monitor the medication over the next two days. the 65-year-old clinton fell and suffered a concussion when she fainted while home alone in mid-december as she recovered from a stomach virus that left her severely dehydrated. clinton had been planning to return to work this week. >>> it is crunch time on capitol hill. senate and house negotiators have just a few crucial hours left to come up with a compromise to avert the looming financial mess. if they don't, here's what's going to happen -- everyone's tax rates will go up. $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts kick in. the
. >>> but first, we want to get the latest on newtown, connecticut. let's go to natalie morales. good morning again to you. >> good morning. with just a week to go until christmas, you see the christmas tree in the center of town is now growing into a makeshift memorial. it's covered in flowers, balloons, teddy bears, all in tribute, a touching tribute to the victims of the tragic shooting here at sandy hook elementary school. on monday, two of the victims were remembered by this community overcome by grief, and today, two more children will be laid to rest. hundreds gathered on monday to say goodbye to 6-year-old jack pinto. a little boy who loved sports, idolized the new york giants' victor cruz, who remembered pinto sunday. his father called the loss unimaginable. and said most of all, jack loved to play with his friends and keep up with his big brother. many of those friends attended the service. much too young to say goodbye. >> they were being comforted, and yet protected and sent a message of you're being secure now because the worst is over. >> reporter: not far away, mourners remembe
weeks since the tragedy of sandy hook elementary in connecticut. a teenager in california wrote a poem to express her feelings saying she understood how it could happen and it got her suspended from school. we'll get her reaction coming up >>> we'll also hear from the 29-year-old surfer that used his fists and his board to save his life when a shark kept coming at him again and again. >> scary story. >>> later on, we'll switch gears and look back at the year in pop culture, from the rise of honey boo boo to the unlikely bop lairity of that catchy tune, gang ham style. >> slightly popular, wasn't it? >>> we begin with the race in washington to fist fiscal cliff deadline including a preview of david gr david gregory's exclusive interview. we begin with kristen welker. >> the house is back in session and they could announce a deal as early as this afternoon. many saying this entire episode represents a lack of leadership on both sides of pennsylvania. with less than 48 hours until the tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, florida small business owner, gary simmons, is watching what hap
: the gunman was well-fortified with weapons and ammo. the same model used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. tomasz kaczowka and mike chiapperini were killed. spengler killed himself. and late today, human remains were found in spengler's house and suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> microsoft is always the burning question. i'm not sure we'll ever know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of spengler's mother could help explain the motive for her son's christmas eve shootings. ron mott, nbc news, new york. >>> tonight, billions around the world are gathered with family and friends to celebrate christmas. at the vatican downlotoday, pop benedict called for peace. and today marks the 12th christmas in a row that american troops are serving in afghanistan. more than 66,000 u.s. service members are still there, many of them getting some time to attend church services and celebrate with a proper christmas lunch. >>> back in this country, amid neighborhood celebrations and family gatherings across the country, it's a somber c
in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find out about their ordeal. >> a lot of us are exhaling this morning. of course, we'll get the latest from newtown, connecticut. natalie morales is there this morning where two more funerals for the victims of the shooting will be held today. we'll get to her, but we'll give you the latest developments. sandy hook elementary
meaningful contributions to ensure that this does not happen again. >> on the very morning of the connecticut shooting, some of the nation's top experts on school discipline were having a conversation here in maryland about troubled students. hundreds of educators from all over the country met to share notes on where to draw the line when it comes to suspending or expelling students. nationwide, more than 3 million students were sent home from school. in maryland, almost 60,000 students were suspended. >> if a child cannot read, they act out. if the child does not have any support at home, let's provide that child a mentor in school to make sure they get the guidance they need. >> the state board of education has approved a new student discipline policy that comes up with ways to reduce non-violent offenses instead of suspensions. meanwhile, pink slips are going to hundreds of baltimore city temporary employees. this could be as early as friday. this has put quite a few school principals in a tight spot. our education reporter tim tooten has the story. tim? >> it is the season to be jobless.
pulse 11. kim dacey. back to you guys. >> students in newtown, connecticut, are returning back to school. danielle leigh has the latest. >> each day long lines bring it thousands of tearful mourners to this little town. they are carrying candles and stuffed animals and letting them at this christmas tree. anything to honor the victims. >> something to help out. >> students go back to class. but not sandy hook. police have locked down the school while the investigation continues. the district is preparing a middle school in a neighboring town. >> whenever we can do to have that way, we want to do now. >> today marks another round of the grief as families continue to bury their loved ones. what does anybody say? >> the shooter had visited multiple gun ranges ahead of the massacre. they say he won with his mother, legal owner of the guns. police obtained a broken computer found in his home. >> we will do everything it takes to ensure we uncover every bit of evidence. >> so this community comes together and waits for answers. >> the talon comes together like this is amazing. i'm proud to say
of course the school shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's call to station armed officers at public schools. >>> and the first step toward a potential lawsuit in connecticut after the shootings at sandy hook elementary. paperwork has been filed for a $100 million claim on behalf of one of the children who lived through the tragedy. a lawyer for the 6-year-old survivor claims she sustained emotional and physical trauma as a result of hearing the assault over the school intercom. it faults the board of education among others for failing to protect the children from, quote, foreseeable harm. >>> in orlando last night a show of solidarity with the newtown victims at the russell athletic bowl. in their game with rutgers virginia tech's players wore a large ribbon on their helmets that read, "58 prevail." it was a reference to the total number of victims from both the newtown, connecticut shootings and the virginia tech shootings. >>> an update tonight on former president george h.w. bush who has been hospitalized in houston since the day after thanksgiving. a statement from his
. >> the tragedy in connecticut has schools across the country are taking a hard look at safety. howard county is no different. ken ulman announced the county will be forming a joint task force. he will address school safety concerns. the group will be looking at the present situation to determine what is being done well and what could be done better. they want to identify students that might need help. or might become a threat to themselves or their classmates. >> most of these reports on these school shootings are mass shootings over the last several years and have some common traits. and i think one of them is that people say, he was acting a little odd right before the event. it is getting the public comfortable with reporting that. >> the first meeting is set for later this week. they hope to have a report in the next few weeks. police presence at schools is being stepped up. sarah sampson, wbal-tv news. >> thank you. school officials are examining -- are not alone in examining their school procedures. there was a shooting at perry hall high school on the first day of classes. that is a n
sledding, like in farmington, connecticut. forecasters say central connecticut could see up to eight inches of snow by the end of the weekend. you can track storms anywhere with your iphone and our radar apps. now to the firestorm in the nation's capital and the last-ditch effort to avoid falling off the fiscal cliff. the deadline is looming new year's day. here's brian mooar with the big story this morning. >> as senate leaders were behind closed doors, president obama and republicans issued dueling messages on the web. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing. but keeping it that way means that folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff next tuesday, each side blames the other. >> we can avoid going over the fiscal cliff if the president and democrat controlled senate step forward this week and work with republicans to solve this problem and solve it now. >> all over the country now, uncertainty is in the air. >> it's not a matter of am i going to pay my light bill or not but will it d
in newtown, connecticut. we're just -- hoda and i are going to just send our love to everybody here today and try to make a little bit of sense out of the senseless along the way. >> i think, you know, we've been hearing the news all weekend, and it's been so difficult to even be a bystander and listen, and i think the hard thing for all of us -- and i know even me at home -- when hurricane sandy hit, you could do something. you could send clothes, money. you could physically help them clean up. in this case you want to do something, but you're peeking into this really tragic, sad world, and the only thing i think a lot of people and parents can do is hug their kids and pray for those families, and i think there's a weird sort of -- don't you feel like a helpless feeling? you want to do something, and there's nothing worse than standing watching someone who is in pain and not being able to lean in and help. >> anybody that was complaining about anything before this happened, it puts everything into perspective, doesn't it? and the fact that there were not only 20 precious little lives, in
, connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead. there are reports that the mother of gunman adam lanza may have been seeking treatment for her son, but details of his mental health history are unknown. >> the task force here has taken a look at california's law. requires licensed psychotherapist to turn over the names of patients who threatened harming someone physically. jayne miller, wbal-tv 11 news. >> anne arundel county police are increasing their patrols at a bar and glen burnie as they investigate the third homicide in that area in three years. there have been three deadly shooting since 2009, the latest happening last night. investigators say they have a possible suspect, described only as an african-american male in -- 30's with that then bield with a thin build. >> i can tell you that the victim was found in the exterior parking lot. >> anyone with information is urged to contact the anne arundel county police department. >> the regular season is over and the afc champs, the baltimoreravens.com are in full playoff mode. most of the ravens starters did not even dress for the g
at the cathedral of mary our queen. he spoke on the meaning of christmas and the tragedy in connecticut. >> my heart was cells of the folks -- is with all of the folks, asking the lord to give them consolation and healing. certainly to let them know our solidarity with them in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things, phone calls, but what they and really need are our prayers'. >> he spent 11 years as bishop of bridgeport, conn. for jews, christmas is a day of volunteering. more than 600 took place. families prepared winter care packages for homeless shelters. they include scarfs and hats made by members of the community. organizers say it was important for the children. >> i have the two daughters. it is wonderful to get them involved in volunteering. i want them to understand the holidays are about 10 back. >> more than 1000 were made. holiday dinners were also served around town. today is the eighth year for this event. authorities have recovered human remains from a house in webster, n.y., to the suspected shooter shared with his sister. she had been missing since yesterday. of
to a foot in connecticut, massachusetts, in the higher terrain. the storm exploded when it got past baltimore. we got clipped by it as it was developing offshore. precipitation was held off several hours for us. that kept the amounts down significantly. we did not start the snow until 10:00 in the area when we expected it to come in at 4:00. that cut back on the totals. the skies are clearing. the wind is picking up. it will be a breezy night. the breeze will stay with us through tomorrow. 23-mile gusts in frederick. the wind will pick up overnight. as the temperatures drop into the 20's, the wind chill will probably be in the lower end of the 20's later tonight. it is 34 in parkton. will drop below freezing. some of that will freeze over. let's take a look of the futurecast. we will take into new year's eve. starting tomorrow, nothing going on. lots of sunshine. it will be breezy and chilly with lots of sunshine on sunday. on monday, you can see the clouds getting thicker. there will be a weak system passing south of us on new year's eve. we will watch this. this is 9:30 on monday.
-byes continue in connecticut. today, a family held a service for their little girl, and josephine gay was killed days after her seventh birthday inside of sandy hook elementary school. the family said she will be remembered for her sense of humor and love of the baltimore ravens. mourners were asked to wear purple today. josephine had been diagnosed with autism. a fund has been set up through her name. you can donate to the address on your screen. be sure to specify your contribution is in her memory. donations have poured into shoulder the pain of the shooting. the united way has collected more than two and a half million dollars for the memorial fund and private fund-raisers have collected hundreds of thousands more to pay for memorial services. the town has also seen a stream of toys and food donations but the united way is asking people to stop sending toys and do charitable work or make a monetary donations. the debate over gun control continues in light of that tragedy. one of the latest issue was placing armed guards in schools. some are taking it a step further. lawmakers in 10 states ar
york city and then into connecticut and boston by the evening. some of this blue in here, as the storm intensifies, that blue indicates some of the heavier snow. when it's all said and done, we're going to see several inches of snow in some spots. but it's going to be a fast-mover. by tomorrow night, this storm really wrapping up. here's a look at some of the totals. now, the big cities anywhere from about 1 to 4 inches of snow. that includes the airports there and with that, we'll see visibilities go down. and that will lead to travel delays at the major airports, cold air is going to be here, natalie, and that's going to linger around throughout much of the week. >> chris warren at the weather channel. thanks so much, chris. >>> the holiday season is bringing heartbreak to some prospect active parents here in the u.s. in the process of adopting children from russia. president clad mere putin has signed a new law banning those adoptions, leaving shocked adults and children wondering what will happen next. here is nbc's kerry sanders. >> reporter: cindy and dennis boyer were weeks away
the shooting tragedy in newtown, connecticut. there has been an increase in gun sales. in 7200 gun purchase applications filed in november. at least 62,000 more will be handled. troopers will not speculate as to why they have increased. >> as stall in negotiations could paralyzed shipping in the region. workers could go on strike in just a few days. kim dacey is live with details on a possible strike. >> it could be the biggest strike in 35 years. it affects about 2000 workers here in baltimore. about $51 billion a year goes through baltimore. 108,000 jobs are linked to activity at the port. negotiations are not going well. unless there is an agreement, there will be a complete shutdown of all ports from maine to texas. it could be a partial strike that affects cargo in containers. it could avoid a stoppage in automobile shipments. >> if containers were made to be the focal point, we think that would be an advantage for us. we do have other cargoes. >> the port of baltimore will keep two public terminals open tomorrow to allow as many trucks as possible to pick up that cargo. kim dacey, wba
, connecticut. the archbishop said he was ever mindful of his previous conversation. >> my heart is with all the folks in newtown and asking the lord to give them healing and to let them know our solidarity with them in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things. our the y need are prayers. >> christmas day is a day of volunteering for the jewish community. families prepared winter care packages and stuffed teddy bears for homeless shelters. organizers say the day was important for the young children who participated. >> i have two young daughters. i want them to understand that the holidays are about giving back to everyone. >> more than 1000 care packages were assembled. this is the eighth year for the event. >> 32 degrees at b.w.i. >> exercising to work off the extra holiday pounds can also stimulate your mind. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. would you continue to buy milk no matter how high the price goes, or would you consider alternative products like soy milk? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook pa
to connecticut was like the more the victim hundred flights nationwide on wednesday -- canceled because of a massive winter storm. >> we are happy to be on the ground. it was kind of rough up there. we are sort of a grateful to be here. >> bw i airport experienced on average 1-2 hour departure delays because of the first winter mix of the season. the weather here improve but nationwide travel did not, causing visitors to remind -- wonder when their return flights would take off. like is that expect delays some -- >> it was it6:55 now at 9:20. >> it was a chance to get those snow supplies you have a meeting to buy. >> i am looking for it to freeze tonight. i will be prepared for it. >> or to enjoy this season's first snow. mack live here at airport. tony mentioned as wind gusts. that is the primary reason why it many airports are still seen delays and cancellations. live at bwi. >> thank you. in glenn bernie, frightening moments for a family and friends after a tree fell on their home. it crashed into the roof of this house about 7:00 tonight. 5 people were there inside at the time but n
:22. support pours into newtown, connecticut. a memorial that includes every gift and a letter. don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. will you be more likely to visit a maryland casino now that some are open 24/7? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> we near the two-week mark of the shootings in newtown. >> the residence have a plan for a permanent memorial. >> it is overflowing. they stopped to drop off flowers on the way to visiting family in massachusetts. >> we wanted to pay tribute in this tragic event. >> he is called the sidewalks home. he understands the importance of these memorials. he lost a loved one on 9/11. now they are making preparations with what to do with all the mementos. there will be a future permanent memorial. >> we will turn everything into the soil that is biodegradable. >> a phone message to residents that this will be sacred soil, visions for a better future and promises to remember the ones attack.the said attad the priest them joy to know
] >> reporter: in newtown, connecticut, it was a day of lingering heartache. empty stockings now filled with gift. first responders gave their time so the town's police could spend the day with their family. >> just the right thing to do. that's why we're here. something needs to be done and we're glad to be here. >> it's a pleasure helping out. >> police officers giving police officers time off, you couldn't ask for a better christmas gift. >> reporter: in the new york area where thousands are without homes because of hurricane sandy, volunteers are there. handing out toys, food and blankets at relief centers. >> for people to come out and help people, you can't put a price on that, you can't buy that. >> reporter: in places with direct tragedy, americans mark the day in their own ways while keeping those less fortunate in their thought 3s. >> when people are suffering, going through hardships, many, many people come to offer their help in whatever they can do. >> reporter: across the nations, americans attended church services and spent time with family and friends. at the mitchell of
of the renewed begun debate following the shooting death of 20 kids and six adults in connecticut last week. >> i heard the conversation -- i guess before we have no more rights, i should at least protect myself. >> since the shooting, elected leaders and police officers across maryland are trying to shift the political wind toward gun control legislation, whether it is tackling the culture of assault weapons or increasing mental health benefits. >> this is a watershed moment in our country. >> governor o'malley says he supports looking into the issue for the next legislative session. >> it is still very much a work in progress. but it is work that i would guess every state in the union has been undertaken. >> dick's sporting goods said they are suspending all sales of "modern sporting rifles" at their stores. >> they are probably trying to err on the side of safety. >> the kind of action that spurs this action. >> they want to get things what they can. they are afraid they will be another ban or things will be harder to get. >> governor o'malley said he would sign a bill banning assault weapons
in connecticut. the county executive announced hord county will form a joint task force to address school safety concerns. the group will examine school security and determine what can be improved. authorities are also trying to figure out which to help students and parents identify children who may need help or who could become a threat >> most of these followed reports in the school shootings from across the country over the last several years, they have some common traits. one of them is that people say, he or she was acting a little odd. it is getting the public comfortable with reporting that. >> the first task force meeting is set for later this week. officials are stepping up police presence at schools. a congressman joins the brady campaign to discuss gun violence in america great the rhode island democrat held a news conference on capitol hill this morning with the president of the brady campaign to prevent gun violence. some possible good news to report in the nation's so- called fiscal cliff. negotiations in washington, president obama and john boehner met for the third time yesterday
in the northeast part of the country, producing 10 inches of snow around boston and into connecticut. on the back side of that storm, it will turn windy and cold. we will check the 7 day when i come back. >> thank you. now to pictures of the big nor'easter as it moved quickly today, dumping snow from the ohio valley to parts of new england, up to 1 foot in some spots. it is great for sledding. it had residents shoveling out from the second big snowfall in a week. it created hazardous driving conditions. drivers were warned to be cautious tonight. officials lowered the speed limit on much of the pennsylvania turnpike. in howard county, police say they cracked a string of burglaries that hit home to columbia and ellicott city tonight. one of the alleged victims says she is living in constant fear since the crime. nadia? >> the alleged victim is concerned the man she accused as a burglar will be on the streets again. this woman who asked us to conceal her identity for fear of retaliation lives in fear after coming face-to-face with a burglary at her howard county house. >> he knows where i live. he
to say that the heroic teachers in newtown, connecticut, and first responders, won every american's highest regard but this show's about politics. in our political awards, our nominees are chief justice john roberts who we talked about earlier stiffed the other conservative justices, including scalia, and upheld obama care. next, those republicans in congress who broke publicly with grover norquist to support the idea of higher tax rates on the healthy, or, bobby and wallace edwards, parents of john edwards, who trooped behind him every day to that north carolina courthouse to stand with their son. or, was it this -- >> one nation, under god, indivisible, liberty and justice for all! [cheers and applause] chris: gabby giffords who survived an assassination attempt. sam? >> gabby giffords, when she did that, my heart sank. this brave woman coming back from -- she should have been dead. how did she survive? chris: she decided not to run for re-election and she knew she wasn't up for it. >> she made the right decision. chris: what about backbone? >> a republican hasn't voted for a ta
jersey, new york, and connecticut. he also met with members of congress. it was their first meeting since touring new jersey disaster areas in late october. >>> tea party leader and some same gop king maker senator jim demint of south carolina is stepping down from congress on january 1st. demint will become the head of the heritage foundation. that's a conservative think tank with an $80 million a year budget. demint is just two years into a second six-year term and south carolina governor nikki haley will appoint his successor. >>> well, it sure does sound like a plot out of a tom clancey cold war novel. a rogue navy sailor is accused of selling tracking technology to the russians. nbc affiliate reporter andy fox with wavy has that story. >> reporter: robert hoffman appeared in court wearing a t-shirt with a rooster on it with the boards born to fight in reference to cock fighting. >> mr. hoffman, did you try to sell government secrets? >> reporter: just a big smirky smile from hoffman who retired a year ago and is trained as a navy krip tow logic technician. the indictment reads hoffma
in connecticut. coming up what a group of retirees are doing for the folks in newtown. that's when we come right back. >> american pediatricians say thermerical a preservative should not be banned. it was removed from most vaccines because it was lifrned to autism or other problems. since then several safety reviews have found no such evidence. some experts say keep it out of the u.s., but in other countries, with fewer resources where children still die from preventive diseases, that's because it is used to create multidose vaccines which are cheaper and easier to use and can allow more children to be vaccinated. >>> chances are the gift we are about to share with you is not on your list but is on the list of someone you know. as deborah weiner and charles cochran show us, it is a gift without a price, even without a bow. >> these men say there are no two brothers closer. each other's best friend since they were little boys and about to be connected in a whole new way. >> it's pretty cold in here. >> tomorrow younger brother dovel, a school custodian, will donate his kidney to rondel, who is su
night, the heavy snow in connecticut reduced visibility and blanket the roads. >> frustrating, especially going down the hills. >> reporter: a similar scene in massachusetts, where drivers are taking it extra slow. the snow is causing headaches at the airports, over 7,000 flights stranded. and in the northeast, the weather system pounded parts of the midwest and spawn iing 46 tornadoes in the south including this one caught on a surveillance tape at a walgreens in ohio. >>> in kentucky, authorities were on the scene in dozens of accidents. in arkansas, thousands were left without power after the snow dumped 15 inches in part of the state. little rock saw its snowiest christmas ever. >> beautiful here but it is just too cold and the power is out and i don't like it when the power is out. >> i'm from iowa originally. i moved here about 30 years ago to get way from this. >> reporter: overnight, winds gusted to hurricane force on the jersey shore. they can't get a break after hurricane sandy. and thunder in new york central park. this weather system has impacted coast-to-coast, ei
in connecticut is fresh on everybody's minds. what were your biggest stories of the year? >> it feels so obvious, but i think the presidential election has to be on the list. something that we all followed very, very closely. so much happened. the debates were obviously interesting, covering the convention. it happens once every four years. incredibly consequential. i think it says a lot about what presidential elections will look like. we learned a lot about the changing demographics of this country. >> exactly. looking forward to the inauguration coming up in the new year. i think for all of us, i think around here certainly we've covered superstorm sandy. this was such a tragic event. i mean, a storm like this has not been seen here in this -- for centuries. i think that, you know, obviously the devastating effects that it continues to have on so many areas from the rockaways to new york to connecticut and long island. i was up in the helicopter. seeing that devastation first hand, when you see the scope of it, it's just enormous. >> this year was marked by a lot of tragedy from aurora, bengh
stalled in december, with worries about the looming fiscal cliff and the tragedy in connecticut. >> we never got the christmas spirit back, going, running again. there were just so many distractions that were being thrown into consumer. >> reporter: there were some bright spots. home furnishings, women's clothing and jewelry. today, many shoppers said the season of giving continues. >> i like giving. even to myself. >> reporter: that's the sort of spirit retailers are hoping for. analysts say people bought fewer gifts for themselves, apparently waiting for the big sales after christmas. natalie? >> john yang in chicago for us. thank you. >>> and it is the dreaded fiscal cliff that has the president heading home early tonight from his hawaiian christmas vacation. as some lawmakers are also heading back to washington. but with just six days to go, homes for a last-minute deal may be fading. nbc's kristin welker is with us tonight from honolulu. kristen. >> reporter: natalie, good evening. with president obama flying home this evening, the political rhetoric has already started, with repu
as the new york times said today as the tragedy in connecticut has softened the times. maybe it takes something like this to get the congress and the president to work on things. there does seem to be a spirit of compromise now brewing. i'm not just talking about the end of the year, but any time. the president perhaps holding off raising taxes for those who make $200,000. especially when coupled about this rumored embrace about spending cuts. that could turn the fiscal cliff into a fiscal hop, skip and a jump that ends up in an exciting place. there are other forces at work today that show you the magnitude of what a deal could mean for our great country. the other forces? the transports, banks, u.s. treasury bonds and gold. first, you know i like to watch the transports as a measurement of economic activity. you know it has to be shipped somewhere to be sold. that is why i follow the transports so closely. when they are going up it means there is more commerce happening than thought. planes, trains, truckers and shippers going higher, that above all, is a terrific predictor of growt
, connecticut. >> we will update you on any >> we will update you on any promise spots to but the acidic levels in some foods can cause acid erosion. the enamel starts to wear down, and you can't grow your enamel back. my dentist recommended that i use pronamel, because it helps to strengthen the enamel. and i believe it's doing a good job. >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 6:00 a.m. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i am jennifer franciotti. >> i am sarah call. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we are watching as moisture moves in from the south. this could start thout as an icy mix. 29 in westminster. we are talking about sleet changing over to rain. watch out for a brief period of some ice around baltimore throughout the late morning. >> just a few hours left before the clock runs out on those who have not finish their holiday shopping. >> several stores are open this morning. >> it is looking good. just a couple of trucks and cars here and there. a lot of people were out in force yesterday and throughout the country d
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